Weightlifter Karlos Nasar (89KG) Sets Multiple New World Records at 2023 European Weightlifting Championships

Nasar set new Senior World Records in the clean & jerk and Total, as well as several new Junior records.

“There’s a reason they call them the ‘Unbelievable Bulgarians‘,” exclaimed the commentators shortly after 18-year-old weightlifter Karlos Nasar set four new World Records with a single lift at the 2023 European Weightlifting Championships in Yerevan, Armenia. 

At the conclusion of the 89-kilogram division, Nasar shocked the crowd when he successfully clean & jerked 221 kilograms, or 487.2 pounds. That lift not only earned him the overall gold medal but confirmed Nasar’s status as the brightest rising star in weightlifting.


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Nasar’s 221-kilogram lift allowed him to etch his name into the record books of weightlifting four times, rewriting history in the following categories:

  • Junior World Record clean & jerk
  • Junior World Record Total
  • Senior World Record clean & jerk
  • Senior World Record Total

Nasar had previously held three of those four achievements; he claimed the Total record from Italian lifter Antonino Pizzolato, who opted out of competing at this year’s EWC at the last minute. Nasar’s gold-medal-winning, record-setting Total of 395 kilograms was built with his best competition snatch of 174 kilograms (383.6 pounds). That snatch was also a new Junior World Record; his fifth on the day. 

Nasar in Context

At 18 years of age, Karlos Nasar is rapidly making a case for himself as one of the sport’s best modern competitors and, should he continue his trajectory, among the greatest weightlifters of all time. A strong claim to make, however, his achievements as a Junior athlete can go toe-to-toe with some of the best weightlifting performances in the last few years:


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2023 European Weightlifting Championships | 89-Kilogram Podium

Nasar won the overall gold medal at the 2023 EWC by a 21-kilogram margin. However, the battleground 89-kilogram division was chock-full of spectacular lifting from all competitors. Here’s how the podium in Yerevan looked when the dust had settled:

  1. Karlos Nasar (BUL) — 395 (174/221)
  2. Andranik Karapetyan (ARM) — 374 (178/196)
  3. Marin Robu (MDA) — 364 (166/198)

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